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i4 OSr STGE p&ACH
By Selina-Lillian hiiggins.; '
"You must not be discouraged, Ab
ner," ; spoke Mrs.. Waldron" in her-'pa-tient,-
sympathizing-.Tvay. '- "
'I'm not" mother," wasithe prompt
but nfimtdy'weairespqnse. "It is
not the loss ofbusiness, home, 'and
friends. What Worries mer isthe fact
that,! after all my sacrifices; L shall
not be able; to 4pay. my creditors in
It Was a-Great,. Lumbering, O'd-Fash-.
' ioned Vehicle. V v.
fulL It'iBj-a pretty heavy; load for
an old man like me to'-caEryV"'''
"Remember the'" promise': 'On
whom God's hand -res.teth'i hath God
at his. right hand. " ; "
Abner Waldron' tried, to. smile
braveiy'HssedT th7e gear '.old. "pa'tient
face" of his helpmeet, - and- left; the
house for his accustomed stroll. It
hadiceased-. to. seem nke-:bbme foe a
weeL past, for it was?:sch'eduled to
follow the'resVqf'his'posse'ssiqns and
go t'owardls'paymgI'ebte.''3 ,
He.had done very well, in a business
way, until a smooth, 'smart city pro
moter had come to Albion. His fath
er, James "Waldron, the banker, had
.come to the little Michigan town 50
years since. He had left the son
some money and Abner had built up a
profitable manufacturing business.
Then the promoter had filled jiis mind
with expensive ideas. He had branch
ed out, the sleek schemer had reaped
a rich harvests and then failure.
Abner had turned over every penny
he had in the world. It paid up every
thing except a few thousand dollars;
Mrs. Waldron had in her own "right
a small farm in an adjoining county.
They had decided to go there, and
were-now on the eve of departure.
"It's, the- older children, Richard
and Maud, that I care about," the
thoughtful bankrupt had told his
'close friends'. "The boy can earn his
own living, the girl has a fine educa
tion and can "do the same. But you
see, both are engaged. I expected
to give them a good start in life. Now,
the weddings must be postponed. It,
seems as though my foolishdeas of
becoming. a millionaire have driven
happiness away from everybody who
had anything to do with me."
Abner evaded meeting his neigh
bors and took' ar lonely route out of
town. He was soon among the sand
hills. He wanted to think, plan out
resignation for the present, content
ment for the future. It was a 'great
sand district about Albion. Lying
along the lake shore, air currents had
piled up great yellow mountains of
the shifting particles. One wind storm
would build up a great hill.in a night.
A second from a contrary direction
would obliterate this nature-building
within an .hour. Abner got in among
the dunes and sat down amid as lone
ly and desolate a scene as could well
The. bleak environment chilled him,
but at he-same time quieted. Alone
and undisturbed,- he reviewed all the
past He bravely faced the future.
After all, it would be-rest and peace.